Weekly Update

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In case you missed it…here are last week’s highlights

There are over 200 global events scheduled to take place in May!
We received our permit from the city and planning has kicked into high gear.
If you volunteered to help us plan or speak, you should have an email from us~so go check your inbox! If you haven’t heard from us yet, be patient, you will!
We have shirts available for pre-order, they are 100% certified organic cotton, GMO and sweatshop free! All orders must be received by April 30th to ensure delivery by the event date. Get yours today! Orders and donations are being processed through my business account (Enlightened Lotus Wellness) so that I didn’t have to set up a separate account for the event.
We have some exciting stuff in the works including movie screenings and a silent auction so stay tuned for details or keep on eye on the calendar for all upcoming events. 
If you are an organic farmer or food producer, we want to help promote your business to the community. We are preparing a local GMO-free resource list to introduce the community to all the great local options. If you are interested in providing us promotional materials and/or  samples to give away ~Give me a call at 720-306-1192 or send me an email.
~Ellice
Questions? Concerns? Comments? Let us know!

 

It’s Official!! Rally on the West Steps


It’s official! Permit approved for the State Capitol West steps! Join us for the global event to raise awareness about GMOs and Monsanto!

 

March Against Monsanto organizer interviewed on sound of freedom radio

 

Tips to Just Say NO to GMOs

How to Say No to GMOs
Organic CertifiedTip #1: Buy Organic Certified organic products cannot intentionally include any GMO ingredients. Buy products labeled “100% organic,” “organic,” or “made with organic ingredients.” You can be doubly sure if the product also has a Non-GNon-GMOMO Project Verified Seal (below).
Tip #2: Look for Non-GMO Project Seals. Products that carry the Non-GMO Project Seal are independently verified to be in compliance with North America’s only third party standard for GMO avoidance, including testing of at-risk ingredients.
Tip #3: Avoid At-Risk ingredients. Even if it’s not labeled organic or verified non-GMO, you can still avoid products made with ingredients that are likely derived from GMOs. The eight most common GM food crops are:
  • Corn (as in corn oil, cornmeal, cornstarch, and other corn-based ingredients)
  • Soybeans (as in soybean oil, soy protein, soy lecithin, soy milk, tofu, and other soy-based ingredients)
  • Canola (as in canola oil)
  • Non-GMO Shopping GuideCottonseed (as in cottonseed oil)
  • Sugar beets (the “sugar” listed on food labels is almost always derived from sugar cane and GM sugar beets).
  • Most Hawaiian papaya
  • A small amount of zucchini and yellow squash.
  • Also, beware of dairy products, which may come from cows injected with GM bovine growth hormone, and meats from animals (including farmed fish) that have been fed GM foods. Look for dairy products labeled No rBGH or rBST, artificial hormone-free, or organic; wild-caught fish; and meat labeled organic or 100% grass-fed.
Tip #4: Use Non-GMO Shopping Guides Download either the new Non-GMO Shopping Tips brochure or Non-GMO Shopping Guide at nongmoshoppingguide.com to help identify and avoid GM foods and hidden GM ingredients on food labels. If you have an iPhone, download the ShopNoGMO guide for free from the iTunes store.

 

What YOU Need to Know about Monsanto

English: Monsanto pesticide to be sprayed on f...
English: Monsanto pesticide to be sprayed on food crops.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
ROUNDUP
Roundup is the brand name of a systemic, broad-spectrum herbicide produced by the U.S. company Monsanto, and contains the active ingredient glyphosate. Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the USA, and Roundup has been the number one selling herbicide worldwide since at least 1980.
Roundup (glyphosate) has been found to cause the death of human embryonic, placental, and umbilical cells in vitro, even at low concentrations. Glyphosate is toxic to human skin cells, through causing oxidative damage.
Roundup is used widely here in the United States. Through farming applications, these chemicals are released into our air, and the runoff from its heavy use contaminates our streams, and groundwater.
GMO FOODS
Initially introduced to the market in 1996, genetically modified foods or biotech foods are foods derived from genetically modified organisms. Genetically modified organisms have had specific changes introduced into their DNA by genetic engineering techniques. Typically, genetically modified foods are transgenic plant products: soybean, corn, canola, rice, and cotton seed, but there are many, many more. A majority of the corn and sugar beets grown in Colorado are genetically altered. In fact, they are two of the largest crops in the state.
GMO products have been linked to organ failure, brain damage, autism, gene transfer, and have been banned in many countries including Japan, China, Hungary, Venezuela, France and Ecuador . Some of these countries have gone as far as banning ALL GMO products.
Monsanto has also developed a line of “Roundup Ready” products which go hand in hand with their herbicides, including Roundup Ready corn, Roundup Ready soybeans, Roundup Ready alfalfa, Roundup Ready sugar beets and Roundup Ready canola. These products are designed to make the plants resistant to Roundup, to keep up with the ever-increasing use of herbicides which contaminate our soil, air and water.
Almost all processed foods contain GMO products, usually in the form of corn (high-fructose corn syrup and modified corn starch being two prime examples). There is a growing movement across the U.S. to label foods containing GMO products, so consumers can at least have the knowledge of what they are purchasing.
MONSANTO INFLUENCES THE GOVERNMENT
Monsanto contributes hundreds of thousands of dollars every campaign cycle to politicians, from the federal down to the local level.  Monsanto lobbyists are also involved in the political process and are rumored to be the actual authors of the “Monsanto Protection Act”.
Former Monsanto employees are  involved in every level of government, from Obama’s recent appointment of Michael Taylor (former Monsanto vice-president of public policy) as Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (a former Monsanto executive).
This “revolving door” between Monsanto and the government leads to the easing of regulations and more Monsanto products being used both here and abroad.
MONSANTO INFLUENCES THE SCHOOL SYSTEM
Under the guise of supporting education, Monsanto contributes massive amounts of money to schools and universities, usually in the form of helping develop their agricultural programs.
Monsanto uses this monetary influence to help push their products and research into our school system, from school gardens using GMO seeds to genetic , agricultural, and chemical research at the university level.
MONSANTO HURTS LOCAL FARMERS
Monsanto has gone into countries all over the world and introduced their GMO products, leading to a huge drop in biodiversity through cross-pollination and the use of industrial farming techniques. Locally owned family farms have seen their livelihoods devastated, and the health of their people decline through spraying of Roundup and other pesticides and forcing them to buy processed, inorganic foods because all available farmland has been converted to these industrial farms.
MONSANTO KILLS BEES
Recent studies have shown a link between systemic pesticides such as Roundup and the growing problem of Colony Collapse Disorder, a malady that is resulting in the mass die-off of bees across the world. Pollen from GMO plants can also have ill effects on the bee community. Without bees to pollinate them, plants can not reproduce. Its that simple.
SO WHAT CAN WE DO?
In the face of a massive multinational corporation like Monsanto , its easy to feel disempowered and hopeless, but fear not!
EDUCATE, EDUCATE, EDUCATE! Raising awareness about Monsanto is step one. When you’re finished reading this, tell someone about it, get online and do your own research, pass it on to someone else! It all begins with just getting the word out to the community about what this company does and the fact that they’re doing it right here in Colorado!
There are groups here in Colorado and abroad that are actively working to expose and rein in this evil corporation. Check out GMO-Free Colorado and the March On Monsanto world event on May 25, 2013.
On an individual level, one of the most important things we can do to combat Monsanto is DON’T GIVE THEM YOUR MONEY! Boycott Roundup and other Monsanto products, try to avoid buying processed foods and commercially grown vegetables, start buying your produce at local farmers markets and organic food stores instead of the big chains.
 
RESISTANCE IS FERTILE! Instead of buying anything at all, grow your own veggies at home, or at a community garden.
SAVE YOUR SEEDS! When growing your own food, make sure to use organic, heirloom seeds that can re-germinate and be used over and over. One of the ways Monsanto has forced out small farmers is to genetically modify their seeds so they don’t reproduce, forcing farmers to buy new seed for every crop. By saving seeds and sharing them with other farmers and gardeners, we can make sure that we maintain the thriving biodiversity this world so desperately needs.

 

It is your right to know!

Weekly Update

4/8/2013

Hello Everyone! We have been hard at work planning the Denver March Against Monsanto but wanted to extend a big thanks to Denver and the outpouring of support! As of writing this post 779 people have said they would attend the Denver March Against Monsanto, WOW! That is awesome!!
Many have asked about the location of the march, right now organizers are waiting to hear back from the city about the kind of event we will be permitted to have since there are many competing events downtown that weekend as well as the Memorial Day parade in Civic Center Park that is scheduled for 11:30 that morning. While this makes organizing a bit more complicated it offers us the opportunity to bring awareness to the issue on a large scale.

We still need your help!

We still need cash donations so that we can order flyers and other promotional materials~we even made it easy for you you can donate directly through paypal.
We need volunteers to help with the bake sale. Contact Rachel
We need a weekly meeting space large enough for all volunteers, any ideas? Let us know.
Do you have questions? Comments? Concerns? Send us an email

 

Mission Statement

On May 25, activists around the world will unite to March Against Monsanto.
Why do we march?
  • In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-lead research on the long-term effects of GMO products.
  • Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds.
  • For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply.
  • Monsanto’s GMO seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have caused colony collapse among the world’s bee population.
What are solutions we advocate?
  • Labeling of GMOs so that consumers can make informed decisions.
  • Repealing relevant provisions of the US’s “Monsanto Protection Act.”
  • Calling for further scientific research on the health effects of GMOs.
  • Holding Monsanto-supporting politicians accountable through direct communication, grassroots journalism, social media, etc.
  • Continuing to inform the public about Monsanto’s secrets.
We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison. That’s why we March Against Monsanto.
Join us!

 

March Against Monsanto- May 25, 2013

It is time to take back our food!

President Obama has given Monsanto immunity with the signing of Senate bill HR 933, affectionately known by opponents as the Monsanto Protection Act. Late Tuesday, March 26th, while most of the country was enthralled in the DOMA debate, provisions were passed, effectively barring federal courts from being able to stop the sale or planting of controversial genetically modified or genetically engineered (GE) seeds, despite what health issues may arise concerning their use in the future. Wrapped in a “farmer-friendly” package, this Monsanto-driven rider is simply a biotech industry ploy to continue to plant GE crops even when a court of law has found they were approved illegally. Families, individuals, and businesses in our community are joining together to take a stand against Monsanto. March Against Monsanto (MAM) educates & advocates for consumers everywhere concerned about the safety of GMOs. MAM events across the world on May 25 amplify the public outcry for labeling of ALL GMO products and symbolize the widespread public opposition to the newly passed US Senate bill, HR 933, the Monsanto Protection Act.
Would you like to help us make a difference? We need people like you to donate time, energy, and experience in a variety of areas. Let’s take back our food!

Please call us today at 720-306-1192 to find out more about how you can help, or send us an email